Needham Housing Plan 2021

Needham Housing Plan

The Town of Needham has not had an approved Housing Plan in place since 2007, although it has made considerable progress in producing affordable housing since then, adding 894 new affordable units  and  surpassing the state affordability goal of 10%.  Despite reaching this threshold, the Town recognizes that significant unmet housing needs remain in the community, particularly in the context of unprecedented housing prices and the pandemic.  Consequently, the Town has determined that it should revisit its housing agenda by obtaining updated documentation on the local housing dynamic and preparing a Housing Plan to strategically address identified priority housing needs.

Working Group

The Planning Board has appointed a Working Group comprised of representatives from appropriate boards and committees to work with staff from the Planning and Community Development Department in overseeing community outreach and preparing the document.


Board/Committee Representing
Emily CooperCitizen At Large 
Ed CosgroveBoard of Health
Natasha EspadaPlanning Board
Carol Fachetti Finance
Helen GregoryCouncil On Aging
Heidi FrailSelect Board
Jeanne McKnightPlanning Board
Oscar MertzCitizen At Large 
Marcus NelsonSelect Board
Mike O’BrienSchool Committee
Ed ScheidelerHousing Authority
Rhonda SpectorCitizen At Large 

Meetings of the working group are open to the public and will be held on Zoom (at least to begin, they could move to in-person). Agendas and minutes will be posted on the website.

To receive updates on Housing Plan Working Group meetings subscribe to the Housing Plan Working Group Notify Me . You may also email using the subject line “Housing Plan Working Group".

On March 24, 2022, the Housing Plan Working Group held a Community Forum. You may view it here.

Prioritized List of Action Items developed by the breakout group participants at the Community Housing Forum

DRAFT Housing Plan

Presentation at the Public Education and Listening Forum held on January 27, 2022

Needham Charter and General Bylaws

Needham Zoning By-Laws

Needham Zoning Map

Past Housing Reports for Needham

Housing and Zoning Analysis, 2021

Demographic, Economic and Housing Profiles, 2019

Needham Affordable Housing Plan, 2007

An Assessment of Needham Housing Authority Residents: Assets and Opportunities, Jan, 2020

Needham Public Schools Demographic Study, 2018

West Metro HOME Consortium Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2021

Needham LWV Affordable-Housing Basics Oct 2021

Needham Inclusionary Zoning Analysis from the LWV Forum (2021)

 Needham Housing Authority Facilities Master Plan 2019

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Final Report

Other Housing Reports and Information

Glossary of Housing Terms

The State of Zoning for Accessory Dwelling Units, Pioneer Institute, 2018

Draft MBTA Housing Guidelines Jan 2022

MBTA Communities FAQ

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association DHCD/MBTA Multi Family Zoning Guidelines

Link to webinar: Overview of Draft Zoning Rules for MBTA Communities Webinar